One of the very real — but largely overlooked — dynamics arising from the question of whether Cowboys tight end Jason Witten will retire relates to the money he already has received from the team.
Witten’s base salary is in the neighborhood of $1 million because he restructured his contract earlier this year by taking $4.7 million of it up front, in the form of a AFL Cheap Jerseys signing bonus. If he retires, Witten will have to pay it all back, with an important caveat.
Regardless, whether and to what extent the Cowboys would want the previously paid money back could (or at least should) be a factor in whether Witten walks away from football for an ESPN salary in the range of $4-4.5 million that would get him basically to zero if he has to write a giant check to Jerry Jones.
UPDATE 8:17 p.m. ET: Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the money hasn’t actually been paid to Witten yet. Regardless, his entitlement to it was triggered when he re-did his deal. Under the CBA, the Cowboys could still choose to let him have (keep) the money, if they want.
Defensive tackle Mike Purcell is the most experienced of the three players leaving the Chiefs, although he never played a regular season game in Kansas City. Purcell had 42 tackles in 25 games for the 49ers between 2014 and 2016, but never made it off the practice squad in his time with the Chiefs.
Cornerback Sheldon Price signed with the Chiefs in January after spending time on injured reserve with the Ravens last year and tight end Anthony Firkser did the same after a summer stint with the Jets. Both will be looking for other spots to continue their playing careers.
“But definitely, I’m ready to step up. … I’m ready to go.”
The 2016 second-rounder came at a time when Gates’ production began to wane, and his own has grown slowly. That was complicated by the lacerated kidney that cost him the last Best Place To Get Cheap Jerseys three games of the season, but he still caught 45 passes for 579 yards last year.